A divorce is one of the most difficult experiences a person may go through in their lifetime, much like a death. Most people want to go through this transition privately and without creating more conflict. I want to help families navigate their divorce in a respectful and healthy way. It is possible to minimize, if not eliminate, the impact a divorce has on one's children and Collaborative Law encourages this. Preserving the co-parent relationships moving forward for the benefit of one's children is essential. Even if one does not have children, Collaborative Law helps the healing process begin in a mutually respectful manner.
Further, most people would like to make their own decisions in their divorce as they know what is going to work best for their own family; Collaborative divorce supports this.
Even if Collaborative Law is not the perfect fit for your divorce or family law case, there are many other options rather than traditional litigation. I encourage people to explore all the alternatives to litigation with an experienced attorney and pick something that fits their individual family.
I do not do any litigation cases any longer, but usually the cases do not need to end up in litigation if there are skilled conflict resolution attorneys working on the case.
Licensed since 2002
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Sara is a knowledgeable family law attorney whose main focus is on her clients' best interests. I have worked with Sara on several cases in the past several years and found her always prepared, focused and professional. I have referred cases to her when I was not available and I would only refer cases to an attorney in whom I have the utmost trust.
Virginia Amis Family Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Sara and I have been law partners for over five years. Her emphasis is Family Law. Although she has extensive experience with divorce, separation, and custody litigation, she has also become an industry leader in Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law gives clients involved in divorce or other family law disputes an additional, and much more positive new way to deal with the complex and emotional issues in such matters. I strongly urge anyone involved in a Family Law dispute to contact Sara, and learn about this resource.
Michael Hanis Construction & Development Attorney
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2013|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2012|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2011|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2010|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2009|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2008|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2007|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2006|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2005|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2004|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2003|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2002|
|Owner||Sara K. Wahl, Attorney at Law, PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC||2004 - 2010|
|Partner||Macklin and Wahl||2002 - 2004|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association||Board of Trustees||2014 - Present|
|Collaborative Professionals of Washington||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|South King County Bar Association||President||2011 - 2012|
|King County Bar Association Collaborative Law Section||Chair||2011 - 2014|
|Washington State Bar Assocation Alternative Dispute Resolution||Member||2010 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2006 - Present|
|King County Collaborative Law||Membership Chair||2006 - Present|
|King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic Volunteer||Volunteer Attorney||2003 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Lawyer's Assistance Program Committee||2002 - 2009|
|King County Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||2002 - Present|
|Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group||N/A||Advanced Collaborative Negotiation and Client Counseling||2011|
|University of Washington School of Law||N/A||Mediation Training||2006|
|Collaborative Law Training||N/A||Unknown||2005|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Seattle University||Criminal Justice||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|